I’m certainly no stranger to racing when I haven’t trained properly for it. There have been some 5Ks and 10Ks that I have done that I didn’t feel like I truly trained for, but, it is a manageable distance.
But… 10 Miler… or a Half… That’s something else entirely
Yet, I have actually completed a half marathon with essentially no training for it… in fact the month prior to the race I ran an impressive (note sarcasm) 16 miles. So 13 should have been easy right?
Haha – Yea… not so much… I finished but it hurt
I have also done a 10 miler without too much training… The race did not go well because I foolish took Gatorade at the first water station which caused my stomach to cramp. That was also a rather painful experience… for more reasons than one
Then in May, I decided to do the Soldier Field 10 (Miler) and signed up 2 days before the race. The Sunday before, I had a horrendous 10K experience… so surely 10 miles would go better than a 10K
Gotta love my logic
10 mile runs and/or races seem to be my running ego boost though… I have used this distance to gain something back that I had lost twice.
But, I didn’t sign up for Navy Pier for a last minute ego boost. I signed up with the full intention of training for the race and going out for a time goal. But then October and running didn’t really seem to go hand in hand…
Needless to say – I am not trained for this race. I have not done a long run since September 30th and have only done a handful of runs with a distance of roughly 3 miles. My 10K race in October… that didn’t go so well due to lack of water on the course and so I walked a good majority of that race… so I am not counting that towards my “training” for this race
I have known for a few weeks now that I needed to get my training back on track to tackle this race but I also just couldn’t get there. Perhaps the knowledge that I will be able to finish despite lack of training aided in the inability to get my training up to snuff… Who knows
What I do know is that I WILL finish and it WILL hurt.
Part of me still wants to go after that time goal (which I am not going to share until I do my recap) but I also logically know its not likely to happen. But I have been known to surprise myself before… Hell, I have three PRs this year that I really did NOT plan on getting… races where things just magically fell into place for me on race day.
Do I expect that tomorrow? No. Am I secretly hoping for it? Yes.
Mentally I am prepared for the breakdown – the point in the race where I have to give up the ever so slight hope for a certain time and complete my race in run/walk increments… of which I will decide while on the course. I am also very much prepared mentally for that whole it’s going to hurt thing. I know I am not trained for it and I know it will hurt… this is not my first rodeo folks.
Is it smart to even to do this race… well… that’s highly debatable… I know it’s not the smartest move but I also know it’s not the stupidest thing I have ever done either… and it’s still a 5K shorter than another not so smart decision I have made before. So I could say I am getting smarter about my not so smart decisions :-p
The race will go the way it goes – I am sort of leaving it up the running gods at this point
But – I WILL finish and I WILL hurt – Those are two certainties that I am taking into the race